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How to Make a Great Impression on Your First Day

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Whether you’re a graduate, manager or CEO, your first day on the job can have a huge bearing on how you are perceived by other staff from then on.

No doubt you want to make the right impression quickly - this seven step strategy will help you do just that.

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How to Make a Great Impression on Your First Day

  1. Whether you’re a graduate, manager or CEO, your first day on the job can have a huge bearing on how you are perceived by other staff from then on. No doubt you want to make the right impression quickly - this seven step strategy will help you do just that. HOW TO MAKE A GREAT IMPRESSION ON YOUR FIRST DAY AT WORK haysplc.com/viewpoint
  2. If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late. Show your eagerness to start on the job by turning up around half an hour to fifteen minutes early. Making sure you’re wearing the correct attire is also of paramount importance. You should have already clarified with your manager what the dress code is, but if you didn’t then see if you can find out from the company website. 1. Be early and suitably dressed
  3. Greet everyone by name and use their names when conversing to help embed this information – by mentioning their name throughout the conversation you’re also helping to build rapport. Once you’ve met everyone, map out a seating plan and plot their names in the respective positions. Also make a note of other employees who you will have regular contact with. 2. Remember names
  4. Part of your manager’s job is to support you with problems or queries – therefore, they will be most receptive to your needs during your first few days. Use this opportunity to ask broad questions about the business which you might feel silly asking later on. 3. Ask questions
  5. In the early stages you should be listening and learning a lot more than you are talking. Carry a notebook and pen around with you at all times, ready for whatever nuggets of information your colleagues might impart. There will be a lot of important information to learn on your first day, and throughout your on- boarding period, so make sure you’re all ears at all times. 4. Listen
  6. Even though it’s only your first day you should already be thinking about how everything you’re learning now builds into the bigger picture, including various colleagues and your relationships with them. Keep your job description handy so you can make a mental note of the essential responsibilities and who you’ll be coordinating those with. 5. Big-picture thinking
  7. Call your recruiter and let them know how your first day went. Talk through the people you met, the projects you’ve been assigned to and how you found your day. It’s important to share any questions you may have at this early stage, when your consultant is best placed to find out information on your behalf. 6. Call your recruiter
  8. If, after your first day, you feel that you may have made a mistake or that you just won’t get with your new colleagues then don’t panic. It often takes time to settle into a new organisation and many people have initial reservations, which they then quickly overcome. New job jitters are totally natural, as change is often uncomfortable. 7. Give it a chance
  9. Good luck! You only get one shot at a first impression so make sure yours has positive and lasting effects by adhering to the seven tips provided in this SlideShare. If you found this advice useful, you may also enjoy these Viewpoint blogs: • 6 steps to dealing with multiple job offers • How to improve your work-life balance • 5 people skills you need to succeed
  10. ABOUT HAYS Hays is a leading global professional recruiting group, the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. With over 9,420 staff operating from 248 offices in 33 countries across 20 specialism's, last year we placed around 63,000 candidates into permanent jobs, and around 200,000 people into temporary assignments. haysplc.com

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